Sorbic Acid: Introduction

  • Sorbic acid, also known as 2,4-hexadienoic acid, is a naturally occurring organic compound that is primarily used as food preservative. Sorbic acid is an unsaturated fatty acid, which exhibits inhibitory effects against yeast, mold, and bacteria involving most food-borne pathogens.
  • Sorbic acid is used in various kinds of foods owing to its anti-decomposition and anti-fungus properties. It is also used in toothpastes, medicines, cosmetics, animal feed, tobacco, latex and paper manufacturing, and pesticides.

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Key Drivers of Global Sorbic Acid Market

  • Rise in usage of packaged and convenience food products owing to changes in lifestyle is expected to fuel the demand for sorbic acid in the food & beverages industry. Growth in usage of protein drinks in the sports sector, increase in demand for ready-to-eat food products, and rise in awareness about quality of preservatives used in food products are anticipated to boost the sorbic acid market during the forecast period.
  • Demand for sorbic acid has been rising across the globe owing to the increase in awareness about the ill-effects of synthetic preservatives and enactment of stringent government regulations pertaining to the use of artificial preservatives in food and cosmetics industries
  • High approval rate from authorities such as The U.S. Food and Drug Administration for regular use of sorbic acid is also projected to positively impact the market in the next few years

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Methylcellulose Ingredient Segment to Dominate Global Market

  • In terms of ingredient, the methylcellulose segment acid is expected to expand at a significant pace during the forecast period. Methylcellulose is used as emulsifier and thickener in various food and cosmetic products. It is also used as a bulk-forming laxative.  

Food & Beverages Application Segment to Expand at Significant Pace

  •  In terms of demand, the food & beverages application segment dominated the global sorbic acid market in 2019. Rise in demand for sorbic acid in the food & beverages segment can be ascribed to the increase in shelf-life of products with minimal toxicity level compared to other preservatives.
  • Growth of the global food & beverages sector and increase in demand for packaged food are projected to propel the demand for sorbic acid during the forecast period
  • The pharmaceutical segment is also expanding substantially owing to the unique properties associated with sorbic acid, which is used in medicines
  • Preservatives are used in cosmetic products to avoid contamination and prevent damage caused by microorganisms. Increase in preference for organic preservatives in cosmetics is expected to boost the demand for sorbic acid in the next few years.

Covid-19 Impact on Sorbic Acid Market

  • The COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent halt in manufacturing activities is expected to adversely affect the supply of various raw materials. Furthermore, current disruption in trade is anticipated to hamper the availability of various chemicals including sorbic acid in import-dependent countries. However, the U.S. FDA has relaxed the nutrition labeling of products. Availability of preservative such as sorbic acid is vital  for continuous production of food and pharmaceutical products. Furthermore, food safety testing and processing industries are likely to function at full capacity owing to stock-piling of goods by consumers during the COVID-19 lockdown. Therefore, the impact of Covid-19 pandemic is estimated to be low on the sorbic acid market in 2020 and 2021.

Asia Pacific to Hold Significant Share of Global Sorbic Acid Market

  • In terms of region, the global sorbic acid market can be divided into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and Middle East & Africa
  • Asia Pacific is a major consumer of sorbic acid across the globe. The region is likely to witness significant rise in demand for sorbic acid owing to expansion of production and manufacturing of various food & beverages, cosmetics and personal care products, and various other chemicals products in the region.
  • Growth in the pharmaceutical industry in countries of Asia Pacific is projected to further augment the demand for sorbic acid during the forecast period
  • North America and Europe followed Asia Pacific in terms of demand for sorbic acid. Implementation of stringent regulations by governments and associations in Europe and North America on the usage of various ingredients in different food products and personal care products is expected to propel the demand for sorbic acid in these regions.
  • Significant expansion of the cosmetics industry in Germany, France, Italy, South Korea, Japan, India, and China is projected to boost the demand for sorbic acid in these countries in the near future

Key Players Operating in Global Market

  • High initial capital investment and enactment of various government regulations on the usage of sorbic acid are estimated to hamper the entry of new players in the market

Key players operating in the global sorbic acid market include:

  • Eastman Chemical Company
  • Solvay Specialty Polymers
  • Celanese Corporation
  • PT Halim Sakti Pratama
  • Suzhou-Chem, Inc.
  • Avatar Corporation
  • Prinova USA

Global Sorbic Acid Market: Research Scope

Global Sorbic Acid Market, by Ingredient

  • Activated Carbon
  • Polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA)
  • Microcrystalline Cellulose (MCC)
  • Methylcellulose
  • Carboxymethyl Cellulose (CMC)
  • Ethylcellulose
  • Others

Global Sorbic Acid Market, by Application

  • Food & Beverages
  • Industrial Chemicals
  • Personal Care & Cosmetics
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Others

Global Sorbic Acid Market, by Region

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
  • Europe
    • Germany
    • France
    • U.K.
    • Italy
    • Spain
    • Russia & CIS
    • Rest of Europe
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • Japan
    • India
    • ASEAN
    • Rest of Asia Pacific
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Mexico
    • Rest of Latin America
  • Middle East & Africa
    • GCC
    • South Africa
    • Rest of Middle East & Africa

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